February 8th, 2010
09:05 AM ET
13 years ago

Analysis: Where does the Tea Party go from here?

(CNN) - As the National Tea Party Convention concluded this weekend, it's clear that the Tea Partiers are propelled by two competing claims - a principled commitment to fiscal conservatism and a serious case of Obama Derangement Syndrome.

The first group remains true to the roots of the movement as it emerged almost one year ago amid bailout backlash. They feel like modern Paul Reveres, warning their fellow citizens about the unsustainable nature of our government's deficit spending and unprecedented debt.

They still have an important civic role to play in our national debate.

The second group reflects the overheated, hyperpartisanship that emerged over the August town halls and the 9/12 march on Washington.

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  1. America First

    The tea party group just seems totally useless. They are just angry complainers with no new ideas. The fact that they choose NOW, when our country desperately needs to invest in some programs to move forward out of this recession and stay competitive in the world, to complain about the deficit and did not say ANYTHING while the deficit was doubling under the Bush administration makes them lack any credibility. Most of them just have an irrational hate of the President and like to sit around and listen to hate-peddlers (also with no ideas whatsoever about what to do to move our country forward) like Palin who stoke their hate.

    February 8, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  2. D.U.T.C.H.

    Q: Where does the Tea Party go from here?

    A: They can go to hell for all I care. All they are is the extreme right wing of the republican party, trying to hide under the veil as independents. I know independents of all nationalities and races. When I watched the Tea Party Convention over the weekend, I saw one nationality and one race.

    February 8, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  3. Sniffit

    To answer the question, one word: AWAY.

    February 8, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  4. Clint

    Where does the Tea Party go from here? Hopefully its members will go home and take some time to read some history and get educated on issues. Also, I hope that they take the time to learn what the definition of "socialism" is so that they might correctly identify it if they ever ran across it. HOLD THE TEA, PASS THE FACTS.

    February 8, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  5. cranker123

    you gotta to love people that are on goverment programs than complain about the spending the goverment is doing i bet if you ask any of these fruit loops to give up s.s or medicare they would scream
    those are the two biggest cost in the goverment
    and they have the perfect leader
    liar lips palin there nothing she wont say or lie about

    February 8, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  6. sensible Cape Coral FL

    I can make a very good suggestion where the TEA PARTY should go.

    February 8, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  7. Tom in Va

    The Tea Party'sGreat White Hope is Sarah Palin.

    Palin,with the "Christian" values suggests starting a war as a way to improve a president's sagging pol numbers. START A WAR!? To improve pol #'s??

    Do we need a more clear indication that this "tea party" is BAD BAD BAD fo rthis country?

    February 8, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  8. nick

    Everyone want fisical convertism as long as it does not hurt them. The Tea Party ding dongs are no different. So it is that in the southwest, for instance, they decry wasteful governent projects until someone says what about returning the desert to a desert, THEN, all hell breaks loose! So, until everyone is willing to sacrifice their sacred cow, lets stop the double-tongued rehortic about being a convertive – its just BS.

    February 8, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  9. Who said the Mayans were wrong?

    The Neocon war machine has hijacked even the poor old tea party.Dissent is ok, but abject hatred for Obama has taken over and party before country is the main theme of the scumbag republicans.

    February 8, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  10. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert but...

    Funny, these people didn't seem to care when it was just the poor and working class who were getting screwed over. They don't count. Have a nice day!

    February 8, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  11. gary davis harbor oregon

    they aren't about taxes and government
    they are about whites getting back the power of slavery and backing giant corporations and republican purists . the wacko group . that have been breeding with each other from thecivil war erea and they have a good following of freaks . but atleast america can keep an eye on them and make sure they don't take there cause to violence, and start killing people that don't beleive the way they do . they hate and they use threat and fear . just like DICKY CHENEY ,KARL ROVE SARAH PALIN, AND the list goes on and on . this country is in for a serious battle of the power hunger racists . and we need to snuff out this racist party of hate .and support the president and get back our great nation fro the freaks of the Bush Cheney erea 🙂 and way to go SAINTS YA

    February 8, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  12. Ronald Morris

    well John, you are in no danger of losing your card carrying democrat status. Half of your report was very reasoned and thought out. The thoughtful and calmly angry group do have a good bi of well thought out ideas. The more extreme elements do have a right to speak also though. There is at least a kernel of truth to many of their ideas. just as there is a kernel to what Michael Moore and John Soros have to say. Acting as if Cindy Sheehan and other left wing radicals do not need to tone it down also is just an obvious bias.

    February 8, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  13. Erasmus

    Why is it that the lunatic fringe is getting all this press? The media should be doing its homework and follow the money to see what is behind this traveling circus. The smart money says that it is the same ilk of "patriots" who brought us the blessing of the "SWIFTBOATERS".
    DON'T DRINK THE TEA! Better to get educated on the issues.

    February 8, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  14. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    Palin and her moronic tea baggers can go to the moon for all I care. Another bunch of stupid Republicans who will not work toward or help out with real issues because all they care about is their own prohibitionist agenda. Plus PALIN SUCKS.

    February 8, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  15. Steph

    Who knows, but I bet they'll have to write some notes on their palms so they don't get confused.

    February 8, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  16. RH

    It will fracture the GOP vote. These people haven't got the first clue as to what they're talking about. They just know that they're angry (we've all got our own opinions as to what exactly they're angry about). I'd like to hear any one of them attempt to explain their accusations of 'socialism' and 'tyranny.' We're dealing with the lowest common denominator here. Willful and committed ignorance is difficult to combat actively – best to just let them do the damage to their own agenda until they fade away.

    February 8, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  17. Tommy

    To oblivion. Because if Palin's the spokesperson, that does NOTHING for widening the tent.

    When I hear "how's that hopey-changey stuff workin' out for ya?" coming out of her mouth I cringe. We need Sarah Palin like we need syphilis.

    February 8, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  18. CHIPS

    Tea Party Nation = Talking Point Nuts!

    February 8, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  19. Too late Tea Party

    What would the Tea bag party have done if in Obama's postion ? If the banks were not bailed out – where do you think the US would be today ? The economy would have failed. This was a fix needed to keep the economy alive. This was largely a fix of failed Republican policies – back to Reagan yet with the horrendous amount spent on the military. Secondly the lack of regulation in the markets has allowed this problem to happen.

    Tea baggers don't blame Obama for the mess the country is in.

    February 8, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  20. annie against biased news

    Just one question. How does cnn (one of the government run obama only obama all the time so-called news medias know anything at all about the Tea Party Movement?

    February 8, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  21. JGB

    Quit criticizing something you know NOTHING about. The Tea party movement should be expanded and we should take back our country from these tax and spend liberals.

    February 8, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  22. Total BS

    They should live down south with all the other losers in this great nation and form their own country..Just middle age white guys and their lady friends ! What a bunch of losers. Take Palin with you and she can be the leader of you retard country !!

    February 8, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  23. D.U.T.C.H.

    I can't take a party seriously when their keynote speaker has to refer to notes on the plam of her hand to answer questions. Pathetic!!!

    February 8, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  24. Too True For You

    Where do they go from here? Easy – anywhere, anyway, anyhow they can fan the flames of brainless nationalism by continuing to push emotional engagement over reasonable argument. They'll go wherever their hate filled buffoonery can manufacture controversy so that their tin foil hat followers can wallow in their self induced persecution complexs.

    Like H. L. Mencken stated, their goal is “The beatification of mediocrity” so they can trot out any dimwit that their regressive republicants can 'identify' with.

    That's where they go from here.

    February 8, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  25. Luke Brown

    Where should the Tea Party go"? Away.

    At a time when our country faces serious challenges, the Tea-Tea Party Crowd offers nothing. No new ideas. No solutions. No leadership.

    It is easy to be against everything. Who is in favor of high taxes and big government? Americans are spoiled rotten, and these people take the cake. These whiney-ass slackers think they are entitled to everything. Just wait until until their cushy suburban streets have potholes, or their garbage isn't collected or their mail delivered on time. They will be the first ones to complain about the government not doing its job.

    Oh yeah, about all these poor folks they despise so much ... who do these silly Tea Party people think has been fighting their wars and dying in them so their precious little children can continue to exploit our country for their own financial gain.

    The only reason the Tea Party story exists is because of CNN.

    February 8, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |